Western hypocrisy on lockdowns
When China put Wuhan’s 11 million residents under strict quarantine to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the West was aghast, said Wang Guan. Western commentators called the measures “draconian,” “authoritarian,” and “a violation of human rights.” Fast-forward a few short weeks, and Italy has put its entire country on lockdown, forcing people to remain in their towns and confining many to their homes. Was Italy similarly criticized? No, it was praised as having taken the drastic steps necessary to protect its people. The New York Times, for example, said the Wuhan lockdown came at great cost to “people’s livelihoods and personal liberties.” But the same newspaper saw nothing menacing in Italy’s more severe restrictions, calling them an effort to “contain Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.” The fact is, the measures that China took early on to halt the spread worked. “New cases in China have declined dramatically.” Now other countries are trying to emulate the Chinese model, only too late and without giving China credit. U.S. officials are even trying to blame China for their sick citizens by referring to the “Wuhan virus.” It’s not China’s fault that America has been unable to organize a “coordinated national response” as effective as ours.